Author Archives: Gabriela Helfet

VF Live: J. Rocc #2

Soul, electro, samba, and more with the LA legend.

In VF Live, our favourite artists take you inside their homes and record shops, for intimate mixes and performances.

Producer, DJ, and Beat Junkies co-founder J. Rocc returns for his second set, direct from his HQ in Los Angeles.

Watch and listen to the set above, and check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Monika Linges Quartet – The World Was Young
2. José Mauro – Apocalipse
3. David Benoit – Life Is Like A Samba
4. Celia – David
5. Earl Moseley – Fly In The Soup
6. D.J. Rogers – I Told Him I Would Sing
7. Sault – Sorry Ain’t Enough
8. The Kelenkye Band – Jungle Music
9. The Egyptian Lover – Everything She Wants
10. Larry T & The Family – I’m Moving On

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VF Live: Other Records with Aaron P

From South African bubblegum pop to jazz-hued electronica.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios, for intimate mixes and performances.

For Other Records’ first VF Live set, Aaron P plays an all-South African selection – featuring music from the labels Afrosynth, Roastin’ Records, Mushroom Hour Half Hour & Quit Safari, spanning reissues to current releases.

Tracklist

1. Kevin Murning – Modes Arp
2. Mabuta – Bamako Love Song
3. Pamela Nkutha – Amo Tambura
4. Adaye – Turn It Up
5. Mabuta – Log Out Shut Down (Gourmet Remix)
6. Dumama & Kechou – Inataka
7. Sibusile Xaba – Open Letter To Adonia

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This week’s VF HQ Spotify playlist (28th October)

A rotating selection of our favourite music.

From new releases to beloved classics and little-known gems, our Spotify playlist features the tunes on loop inside our office.

Highlights include tracks by TSHA, Penelope Trappes, Yaeji reworking Dua Lipa, HHY & The Kampala Unit, Outkast, Arlo Parks, and more.

Selected by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and updated regularly, check out its latest incarnation below, and follow us here.

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VF Live: Laima #4

A journey from Brian Eno to Aphex Twin.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops, and studios – for intimate mixes and performances.

Artist and musician Laima returns for her latest show, playing ambient and meditation music:

“For this live set, I’ve selected some new records I’ve bought these last weeks. It turned it into a journey from Brian Eno to Aphex Twin. Again, it’s a mix of ambient and meditation music. I messed with the pitch a lot on the turntables, as I love to modify music through pitch distortions. Two records I have been listening too on repeat are Gossiwor’s ‘Lighthouse’ and Cucina Povera’s ‘Zoom’. At the end of the set, I also worked out some interesting glitches while filming, and manipulated images live too.

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Jon Hassell – Moons of Titan
2. Brian Eno – Tal Coat
3. Gossiwor – Ava Maria
4. Cucina Povera – Zoom004
5. Vesa- Matti Kivioja – Corundum
6. Minae Minae – Flossensäume
7. Muslim Gauze – Jordan River
8. Sam Kidel – Voice Recognition DOS Attack
9. Aphex Twin – Windowlicker


Laima’s album Home is out now on The Vinyl Factory, and her new single ‘Disco Pregnancy’ can be bought here. Laima will present her first video installation – Mirror – at the Vooruit in Ghent for the Gent Film Festival.

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming soundtrack gets first vinyl release

On 4xLP with an accompanying 52-page photobook.

Beyoncé’s Homecoming soundtrack is being released on vinyl for the first time, via her Parkwood imprint and Columbia Records this December.

Recorded during Beyoncé’s Coachella 2018 headline performance, the 4xLP package includes 40-tracks alongside a 52-page photobook capturing her mighty performance behind-the-scenes.

“Beyoncé was the first African American woman to headline the festival and her performances received immediate widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike for the staging and celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs),” shares Parkwood.

Its music spans Beyoncé’s career from her beginnings in Destiny’s Child through her solo work and collaborations to date.

“The epic pyramid-shaped bleachers held some 100 dancers and band, with special guest performers including Solange, JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who brought Destiny’s Child magic, harmony and nostalgia.”

Pre-order a copy of Homecoming here in advance of its 4th December release, check out the cover artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist

1. Welcome
2. Crazy In Love
3. Freedom
4. Lift Every Voice and Sing
5. Formation
6. So Much Damn Swag
7. Sorry
8. Kitty Kat
9. Bow Down
10. I Been On
11. Drunk in Love
12. Diva
13. Flawless / Feeling Myself
14. Top Off
15. 7/11
16. Bug A Boo Roll Call
17. Party
18. Don’t Hurt Yourself
19. I Care
20. Partition
21. Yoncé
22. Mi Gente (feat. J Balvin)
23. Baby Boy
24. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)
25. Hold Up
26. Countdown
27. Check On It
28. Deja Vu (feat. Jay-Z)
29. The Bzzzz Drumline
30. Run The World (Girls)
31. Lose My Breath
32. Say My Name
33. Soldier
34. Get Me Bodied
35. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
36. Lift Every Voice and Sing
37. Love On Top
38. Shining (Thank You)
39. Before I Let Go
40. I Been On

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Drummer Bernard Purdie’s record collection is going on sale

Taken from amongst the 4,000+ albums he appeared on, including records by Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan and more.

Drummer Bernard “Pretty Purdie’s remaining record collection is going on sale via Rappcats.

Purdie, who has played on over 4,000 albums, is widely regarded as “the world’s most recorded drummer”. He is also known for his ‘Purdie Shuffle’ – a syncopated drum pattern which he can be heard performing on Steely Dan’s ‘Home at Last’.

The sale was due to take place in NYC with Purdie presiding over it in person. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the sale is now taking place online, with all of the records having been shipped to Rappcats’ LA HQ.

Speaking about the collection, Purdie shares:

“I mainly collected records I played on, and people used to sign them for me. Any time there’s a note on those records, like Quincy Jones’ records, it’s an indication that I’m on it … It’s cool for me to sell these as I already made my, you know, peace with myself.

And knowing that I’m on over 4000 albums, I don’t worry about fighting with anyone. It doesn’t matter to me now. But I do like to tell the truth. The legacy is out there. they can’t take it away from me now. The point is, yes, all of these records, on all of these different folks – well, it’s there. I have my diaries for 50 years, of all of the different people I worked for.

And I have no problems! And the people who have stuck up for me, some of them, for instance, Michael Bolton, when I did a thing with him later, he let everyone know, yes, Bernard Purdie did my first album. I didn’t ask him to say that.

More people were good to me than bad. Oh yeah. Yes sir. Believe me I would say 90% of the people I worked with were nice to me because I never messed with anyone, never got into disputes, never got into arguments. No, not me. Oh, you’re listing the drummer’s name? You can put anyone’s name you want on there!”

According to Rappcats, Purdie’s records will be divided into 3 types of ‘bags’:

“BAG 1: This set of two LPs will include at least one of the landmark records Bernard played on – sometimes credited, sometimes not. Each set will come with a three page note, signed by Bernard, that explains his history as a session musician and notes some of the key albums he propelled, and key musicians he played with.

These sets are fulfilled randomly, so you might get an Aretha Franklin record, you might get Jothan Callins’ spiritual jazz masterpiece, with an inscription to Bernard on the back cover, you might get the copy of Aja that he got from the label upon release and listened to many times, you might get a sealed album he got from his friend Galt MacDermot.

BAG 2: This set of two LPs will include at least one key albums that Bernard played on, or collected and referenced. These might include notes or other inscriptions by or to Bernard.

BAG 3: This set of two LPs albums is a random selection of music that Bernard found interesting. He might have played on some of the albums. They might not be the rarest records – indeed, many of these albums are not rare – but they are all from his collection and were listened to by the man who helped create and then define the rhythms that now dominate popular music.”

Head here for more info.

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Eris Drew and Octo Octa helm latest instalment of fabric presents series

Dance floor euphoria with house, bassline, UK hardcore and trance records from their collection alongside new tracks.

Eris Drew and Octo Octa are helming the latest edition of Fabric’s fabric presents series, released this November.

The duo recorded fabric presents Octo Octa and Eris Drew all vinyl mix from their cabin in the forest of New Hampshire.

Its 21-tracks include two new productions from Eris Drew and Octo Octa respectively – ‘River’ and ‘Reactiv-8’.

Alongside their own productions, it also features records by D’Menace, Marascia, Thursday Club, Global Method and X-Press 2.

Pre-order a copy here in advance of its 27 November release, check out the cover artwork and the vinyl tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Project Sound – Sweet In The Morning (Project Sound Mix)
2. G.O.D.- Watch Ya Bass Bins
3. Continuous Cool – Automatic

Side B

1. Global Method – Good Life (Orbital Mix)
2. Octo Octa – River

Side C

1. Alec Falconer – New Junk City
2. CZR – Structure
3. The Two Amigos – Everybody Get Up (Vocal Mix)

Side D

1. Eris Drew – Reactiv-8
2. Marascia – Genetically Changed


Photo by Yannick van de Wijngaert for Dekmantel.

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Jane Weaver channels “day-glo pop” in new album, Flock

“Produced on a diet of bygone Lebanese torch songs, 1980s Russian aerobics videos and Australian punk.”

Jane Weaver is releasing a new album called Flock, via Fire Records this March.

According to the label, the album’s “day-glo pop” is influenced by Lebanese torch songs, ’80s aerobics videos and Australian punk. Listen to new single ‘The Revolution Of Super Visions’:

It follows the release of Weaver’s ambient project Fenella’s Fehérlófia LP earlier this year.

Pre-order a copy of Flock here in advance of its 5th March release, check out the cover artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist

1. Heartlow
2. The Revolution Of Super Visions
3. Stages Of Phases
4. Lux
5. Modern Reputation
6. Flock
7. Sunset Dreams
8. All The Things You Do
9. Pyramid Schemes
10. Solarised

Photo by Cedric Oberlin.

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A new record shop has opened in Prague

“An audio and visual exploration playground for the open-minded.”

A new record shop called YUKU Music has opened in Prague.

Read more: The World’s Best Record Shops

Founded by the label of the same name, YUKU will function as a “record shop, exhibition space, audio and visual exploration playground for the open-minded,” with live performances and sets.

The shop will stock genres including: ambient, IDM, bass music, jungle, experimental electronica, genre fusions, modern classical music, and movie soundtracks.

YUKU shares: “For us, opening our store (we are a husband and wife team) is about making a statement in relation to the value of music and art. In an era where music has been devalued due to streaming, we see the emergence of a new ‘listeners’ culture — a culture of ‘slow music’, much as has emerged in fashion and food. The tide of cheap consumerism and endless accessibility has made intimate experiences with music more desirable for certain people.”

“We want to create a space for the senses, where people can come and listen to our carefully created selection of vinyl, or sit on the listening couch and read, or experiment with our live visual set up. The space also acts as a small gallery of sorts where we showcase prints and original works from visual artists. The YUKU store is designed to be, and evolve to further become, a feast for the senses. It’s a place for curious minds to explore and discover new music, and be in the same physical space as other explorers who share their passion. A hub for like-minded and curious folk.”

YUKU Music is open Tuesday through Saturday – 12.00pm – 8.00pm – and located at Chlumova 222/26 13000, Prague, Czech Republic. Head here for more info.

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VF Live: Zudrangma #5

Thai soul and funk from the ’70s. 

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops and studios for intimate record selects and mixes.

For Zudrangma Records’ fifth instalment from its Bangkok HQ, label head, shop founder, DJ and producer Maft Sai selects shimmering Thai soul and funk records from the early to mid seventies.

Watch and listen to the set above, check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist

1. Mister Slowly – The Impossible
2. Yim Kan Dee Kwa – T. Visud
3. Wairun – Kabuan Mookda
4. Wai Auntarai + Instrumental version – Don Sornrabieb
5. Thepabut Tuasab Instrumental version – Saksan Sornaimstar
6. Rareng Soul – The Impossible
7. Kon Muenn Kan – The Erawan band
8. Soul People Says – The Cat
9. Wan Samran – The Impossible
10. Reng Vinyaan – The Exotic

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